A midlayer that isn't afraid to get a little wet.
Instead of scrambling for your shell at the first sign of snow, keep on pushing towards the summit with the Patagonia Men's Dual Aspect Hooded Jacket. Combining the insulating properties of fleece with the weather resistance of a softshell, the Dual Aspect sheds wind and snow thanks to its Polartec Power Shield body, which is bonded to an insulating layer of Power Grid Fleece fabric for additional warmth. Polartec Power Dry fabric along the underarms and lower torso adds a touch of stretch to the jacket while effectively wicking moisture in the process.
The jacket functions as both a midlayer and shell with a slim fit that wears comfortably under a hardshell when the weather takes a turn for the worse. The hood traps heat that would otherwise be lost through your head with a snug, balaclava-style fit and an elastic binding. The two handwarmer pockets maintain functionality when worn with a climbing harness, and the two internal drop-in pockets are ideal for storing extra pieces of climbing gear and give frozen climbing skins a place to warm up before the skin back up.
- Polartec Power Shield body (96% recycled polyester)
- Polartec Power Grid fleece with DWR finish
- Polartec Power Dry hood, sides, and sleeves
- Slim fit
- Balaclava-style hood
- Bluesign approved fabric
- Item #PAT00V3
- Q & A
The Dual Aspect in Patagonia
A happy customer report of the Dual Aspect keeping him sweat-free, in Patagonia near the Grey Glacier.
- Size Bought: medium
Fit out of the packaging was a little weird because of how it was folded. It billowed out a little under my arms. After breaking the fabric in I'm a huge fan. Don't have a ton of time in it yet, but so far it seems like a quality piece. I'll update my review as I get more time with it.
Understanding what it is (and isn't).
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
I got this, thinking it would be something akin to a Patagonia R1 hoody, but with the benefit of a hard shell's protection. I'll tell you right now, it's not going to give you the insulation of an R1, and neither will it be as good with the elements as your typical $400+ hardshell. What this closer resembles is a good softshell, with the added benefit of being remarkably trim.
I had trouble at first figuring out how to make this work in my kit, and after some trial and error, I've finally found my 'use' cases:
- For Climbing: the fabric is tough on the outside, so it can take some abuse. Best for climbing when it's 35-50 degrees F outside and you're anticipating a little inclement weather.
- For Jogging/Hiking: It'll block wind, but it's still breathable. I love it for jogging, because it'll handle crappy weather with ease, and the slimmish fit moves well. When it get's really cold, throw an R1 or maybe even just a Capilene baselayer underneath and you should be set.
- For Everyday Use: If it's brutally cold, but sunny out, I'd probably opt for your average mid-layer, like the Arcteryx LT Atom or Nano Puff, but if the temps are sitting around 40 degrees F and you think the weather will turn bad (notice a trend here?), either layer the Dual Aspect Hoody on top or wear it by itself.
MY "SHORT" GRIPE: Not so much the hoody itself, but more an observation of Patagonia - I don't feel like you guys consider the vertically challenged people out there. The fit is great, but lengthwise, I feel like someone who's sitting around 5'10" would probably call this garment a "perfect fit." For me, it always ends up being that about 2-4 inches of garment all bunched up around my waist. My guess is that it's probably done that way so you can tuck it in your pants without it pulling out when your moving around, but considering the model they have on the Patagonia website doesn't have his tucked in or bunched up....
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
6'0" 165 lbs. Medium is the right size. There is enough room to wear a baselayer under it. Vents like crazy, sheds light precip, blocks wind where needed. Perfect for XC skiing, skinning up in the morning, or I'd assume a cold trail run. It doesn't strike me as a great insulation layer for resort days--I like the R1. The Napoleon pocket is larger than you'd expect, which is nice. Length is just a hair shorter than the new R1 full zip design.